Two Republican lawmakers representing consistently conservative districts on opposite ends of the country on Saturday faced down heated questions from Obamacare devotees who submerged town hall events challenging Congress not undo a health care law that has provided insurance for millions of people.
BACKERS OF OBAMACARE
Passionate backers of the health care law shouted down Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.), blasting his views on the Obamacare repeal and President Donald Trump’s immigration ban. Hundreds of protesters showed up — some as early as 6:30 a.m. — to a theatre in downtown Roseville, just northeast of Sacramento.
ESCORTED BY POLICE
After the meeting ended, McClintock was escorted by police as the crowd outside the theatre shouted “Resist!” and “Shame!”
The hostile crowd in Roseville was just the latest sign of trouble for congressional Republicans as they face voters outside of Washington. In Pinellas County, Fla., Gus Bilirakis, who represents a district Trump won, was on the defensive as voters crowded a town hall on Obamacare. For more than two hours, Bilirakis listened to stories from his constituents — young, old, black and white — who begged him to not repeal the federal health care law without having a replacement ready.
FREEDOM AND JUSTICE
“To take away the Affordable Care Act is taking away my freedom and justice,” said Evan Thornton, a 21-year-old St. Petersburg College student who said he was diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome at 16 and has stayed on his mother’s insurance because of Obamacare. “It’s taking away my life.”
Hundreds of protesters, some holding signs favoring the Affordable Care Act and demanding a town meeting, gathered outside a GOP gathering Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill) attended in his district early Saturday, the Chicago NBC affiliate reported.
Personally, I am loving every minute of it – because the GOP have no replace for it. And by the way, where are the people in these districts that don’t like it or was this a false story all along?
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